The Chantels had two smash hits with two unrelated Smiths as lead singers
Mel & Tim went to Muscle Shoals to record their 1972 hit
Gene Chandler’s extraordinary career spanned the doo-wop, r&b, soul, and disco eras.
The Native American rock band scored a huge hit in 1974
Ronnie Dyson was a star of stage, screen, and the music charts who was lost too soon
Johnny Ace was one of the biggest stars of the ’50s until one fateful Christmas Day in Houston
Working with Philly Soul legend Thom Bell the Intrigues had their biggest hit
Shirley Ellis emerged as a three-hit wonder at a dark time in the nation’s history
Patty & the Emblems are best remembered for the songwriter who wrote their biggest hit
She’s known for her raunchy raps but Millie Jackson is a first-rate soul singer
Fontella Bass scored big with the unfairly labeled “Aretha record that Aretha never made”
Manu Dibango brought funk back to its origins in 1972
The Bo-Keys rose from the ashes of a legendary ’60s soul band
Rufus scored one last hit with this 1983 smash
The Jimmy Castor Bunch scored with a funky hit in 1972.
Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. For a few years in the ’70s, Dionne Warwick added that ‘e’ to the end of her last name because her astrologer convinced her that that ‘e’ would add balance to her name, and bring her good fortune. By 1975 Warwick realized that alteration of her name had been a mistake, and went back to the spelling that the world was familiar with. Another strange thing about the label credit is that the Spinners are just credited as Spinners, without the definite article before their name. Name changes aside, when Dionne Warwicke and Spinners got together with legendary Philly Soul producer Thom Bell in 1974, the result was pure magic, not to mention a huge hit.
Best known as a songwriter/producer, Lamont Dozier also had hits on his own
Isaac Hayes’ 1970 album was a key component in the Stax Records resurgence
Bobby Marchan’s unusual career reached a high point with his 1960 hit
Latimore scored with his Miami soul hit in 1974
Billy Paul’s career was not limited to one hit single
Natalie Cole emerged from a large shadow to become a star in her own right
The Fantastic Johnny C scored with a funky hit in ’67
The world lost a musical giant when Maurice White died last week at 74
Young-Holt Unlimited scored with a ’68 hit … but was it them?
Maxine Nightingale delivered a British soul smash in 1976
Stevie Wonder broke new artistic ground with a trio of classic albums
Saying goodbye to Otis Clay and David Bowie
Happy New Year! In 1967, Aretha Franklin released “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” on Atlantic Records. The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with some help from Jerry Wexler, who also produced the single. The backing musicians included members of the legendary Swampers from Muscle Shoals — Spooner Oldham on keys, Tommy Cogbill on bass, guitarist Jimmy Johnson — along with King Curtis on sax, and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Aretha’s sisters Carolyn and Erma.
It’s New Year’s Eve! Everybody’s waiting for The Midnight Hour